Treated Seed Still Reigns
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Apr 16, 2015 06:23 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Matt Hughes is scrutinizing every input cost this spring on his central Illinois farming operation, but there's one he's not willing to give up.

Neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments, which cost extra and have come under attack on multiple fronts in the past year, might seem ripe for removal. Yet despite some aggressive cost-cutting efforts -- such as planting less expensive, non-GE corn and bean seed -- Hughes is sticking with fully treated corn and soybeans this year.

Hughes' decision is not an unusual one, ag experts and company representatives told DTN. Despite government, academic and environmentalist ...

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